But Ryan, in an exclusive interview with NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora that will air at 7 p.m. ET Monday on "NFL Total Access," promised that the Jets will find a way to make Tebow a consistent threat as a Wildcat quarterback, possibly giving him as many as 20 snaps per game.
"Tim is going to be a major contributor to our football team," Ryan said. "With the Wildcat specifically, the great thing is you don't know if we're going to run it one snap a game or 20 snaps a game -- you have no idea. Every week, it could be different. That's some of the preparation problems he gives you."
Ryan brushed off concerns that Tebow's personality and pervasive media presence would be ill-fitted for the Jets, noting the team had its most successful season under Ryan in 2010, after being featured on HBO's "Hard Knocks."
"I truly believe Tim is going to fit in to our locker room," Ryan said. "What I believe is the strength of our team the last two years was our locker room. Obviously we learned what happened from this past year and things. I'm tired of dwelling on it, to be honest with you. Our team is close."